Frozen muddy feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chicagonora, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. chicagonora

    chicagonora New Egg

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    Hello,

    It's been pretty cold in Chicago, but today we've had a beautiful sunny high of 25 and my girls were thrilled when I let them out to free range. They found a good dirt spot to dig in and have been there all day. Problem is, its almost time to roost and one looks like she found a particularly muddy spot to roll in- all of her front feathers are hanging down and starting to freeze.

    What's the best way to de-frost her feathers? Do I need to bring her in and give her a bath?
    I'm afraid the frozen feathers won't be good for her overnight, and I'm afraid if I bring her in overnight it will be hard for her to acclimate back to the cold.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated!!
    Thanks!
     
  2. Chicks and Hens

    Chicks and Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Give her a warm bath and dont rub, pat, when you are drying her off. She will be fine
     
  3. chicagonora

    chicagonora New Egg

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    Thank you!
     
  4. Chicks and Hens

    Chicks and Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    did it work?
     
  5. chicagonora

    chicagonora New Egg

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    It did! She didn't dry out for a long time so I put her in a box in the basement overnight.
    I put her back out in the morning and she seems fine.
    Thanks for the advice!
     

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